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Health Tip: Avoid Alcohol While Nursing

Help keep baby safe

(HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while nursing can affect the taste of the milk baby gets, and the amount of milk that you produce. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure you minimize the effects to your baby.

Experts note that there are overall concerns about long-term, repeated exposure of infants to alcohol in their mother's milk, so moderation in drinking is strongly suggested.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Don't drink alcohol just before you nurse or pump.
  • If you do drink, allow at least two hours between your drink and nursing or pumping.
  • Understand that alcohol may affect the taste of your milk, which your baby may not like.

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